You can have smart, talented, and dedicated people working for your company, but if they aren’t working well together as a team, your results will be mixed, at best.
High-performance teams are critical to business success.
At Business Whisperer, we work with you and your management team to create greater team performance that results in increased accountability, productivity, efficiency, and profitability.
The Problem of Poor Team Performance
Without strong team performance management, teams can falter and get off track quickly. Poor team performance can affect all aspects of your business. Productivity suffers, which can increase costs and reduce quality. Customer satisfaction can decrease, and profits can be lost.
At its worst, a dysfunctional team can destroy team morale to the point where talented people start looking for jobs elsewhere.
Dysfunction in teams may not be the fault of the individual team members, but of poor or missing processes and structures. Without proper lines of communication, both within the team and throughout the company, team coordination can be disjointed. And, without clear goals and objectives, team energy can be misdirected or disempowered.
4 Steps to Improved Team Performance
We help you and your teams pave the way to enhanced team performance by applying our proven methods of team building. These include knowledge integration, management team meeting processes, and creative problem solving.
1. Developing a Mindset of Team Leadership
Team performance is closely linked to leadership development. Team performance is best generated by focusing on team building and the effectiveness of the team process from the beginning.
You can cultivate a team leadership mindset in project teams, departmental teams, and entire management teams.
By creating a team culture of leadership, your company will see the positive results in improved team cohesiveness, productivity, and morale.
2. Evaluating Team Performance
To promote team leadership, we must first of all identify what is working and not working with the team. Measuring team performance is crucial, in order to have a benchmark to track progress.
A thorough team performance assessment includes answering questions such as the following:
- What is working and not working with your team?
- What are your team’s priority goals to achieve?
- Are the team’s goals and objectives in line with company objectives?
- What is the communication like within the team? With the rest of the company?
- How is team morale?
3. Setting Team Goals and Objectives
As part of our assessment process, with your input we will determine what the team’s top goals and objectives should be.
Once we have identified the team’s priority commitments, we look at creating a path to accomplish those goals.
We help you to quantify those commitments as measurable outcomes, and support you in strengthening the path to achieve those specific results.
4. Instituting Knowledge Integration
Frequently, applying a knowledge integration process can lead to a changed mindset around the problems and create meaningful change. This process includes brainstorming solutions to problems and creating pathways for implementing these solutions.
In a guided team process, obstacles can be identified. Using creative problem-solving strategies, solutions can be generated with the individuals and the team itself taking ownership for their implementation.
Encouraging team ownership for results is key. Having both individual and team ownership for results, with a solid buy-in for taking consistent action, can significantly improve team performance.
Your Team’s Performance Can Improve
Improving team performance can create positive changes throughout your company. At Business Whisperer, we have decades of experience in helping companies like yours succeed. We can help you to build more effective team leadership at all levels of your organization. Contact us for more information.